These companies represent a portion of the twenty organizations thathave engaged with NineSigma to run twenty-five projects under the OII program this project year. Open Innovation (OI) enables all of theseorganizations to identify and connect with companies, academic researchcenters, and inventors outside their walls and even beyond their industries, to access new technologies they need to advance their products."To remain competitive, we must continue to invest in newtechnology. Open Innovation and the NineSigma process opens up newchannels for us to find technology solutions and partners we might nothave considered otherwise. This ultimately helps us maintain our position as a leading provider of high quality, innovative products to thefood service and industrial packaging markets," said Ron Zieske,President and CEO of Heat Seal LLC. NineSigma CEO Andy Zynga said, "Leveraging outside partners in astrategic OI program helps companies sustain their growth and success.By funding half of the costs of engaging an open innovation company,the State of Ohio is providing a great service to middle marketcompanies. They know the return extends far beyond these companies,and will help the entire state by keeping Ohio on the forefront of discovery."
NineSigma connects organizations with external innovation resources toaccelerate innovation in private, public and social sectors. The company provides open innovation services to organizations worldwide, includingKraft Foods, Philips, Siemens, and Unilever, to solve immediatechallenges, integrate new knowledge, fill product pipelines, and stay